You’re reading this post on Monday morning, but I’m actually writing it in the midst of a lovely yet very busy Mother’s Day Weekend. Since my last two posts were both on the long and bookish side, it’s high time I treated you (and myself, haha) to something simpler and shorter.
So without further ado, let’s jump into one of my “Currently” posts!
I am currently…
Reading: too many books for my own good, haha. My dad even asked me the other day, “Are you enjoying your book?” and my response was a sheepish, “Which one?” These are the three books I’m reading regularly, though (as opposed to some more scholarly/theological tomes that I crack open during my intermittent “study time”):
— Hue and Cry by Elizabeth Yates. It’s a historical novella and the sequel of The Journeyman, which I also recently read at my mom’s recommendation. I prefer The Journeyman, but I’m still enjoying this story of a deaf girl and her farming family in early-19th century New Hampshire.
— Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Everybody’s talking about it thanks to the immensely popular Netflix miniseries, so I thought, “Well hey, if I can find myself a cheap paperback I’ll give it a go.” So far I have NOT regretted this decision. It appeals to me on so many levels: the Imperial Russia aesthetic, the elemental powers of the Grisha (so cool), a YA heroine who is actually likeable, and–I must admit it, I can do no other–the Darkling. When his mother–his motherrrrrrr--foiled his dastardly plans and explained herself by saying, “It is because I love him that I will not let him put himself beyond redemption,” I might’ve died a little bit inside.
—Sensing God by Joel Clarkson. This slim volume, packed with sacramental goodness, has been such a reorienting comfort. I’ve had to simplify my quiet time these past three months: between removing overnight bandages, wrapping my arm in a heating pad, often eating a banana to stave off my hunger and keep my blood sugar up, and sometimes even sleeping in an extra hour, I just haven’t had as much time or mental energy right after I wake up. But Sensing God and my prayer/Bible apps have helped me so much in this regard!
Watching: I saw Steel Magnolias for the first time this weekend and really enjoyed it. I saw 1917 the weekend before, and Ben and I should be posting our podcast review of that film tomorrow! But really, the one thing I’m kinda obsessed with right now is Hawaii 5-0–namely the CBS reboot. My sister Katie got us into it, and the themes of found family and commonsense patriotism are just…(*chef’s kiss*).
Plus, the sass levels on this show are THROUGH THE ROOF.
Writing: my article for Cultivating‘s Summer issue…and a little something else, something so tiny and precious that I’m guarding it closely and tending it gently to see how it blooms. Next week, Lord willing, I’ll also begin my FINAL read-through of Operation Lionhearted. I got all the feedback from my beta readers at the end of April, and it’s all both overwhelmingly positive and incredibly helpful! I’m really looking forward to implementing their suggestions.
Looking forward to: meeting my sister Emily’s new kitten! Her name is…drum roll, please…WANDA. Is that not the most adorable thing you’ve ever heard of? Even when she was a kid Emily always said she wanted to own a black cat one day, and now she has one and the precious baby is named after Wanda Maximoff herself.
Deciding: how to get back into my old routine while still changing a few important things! Example: before my accident I probably spent too much time holed up in my writing nook. Now I’m back to going upstairs to write in the mornings while my younger siblings have school, BUT I’m still spending my afternoons and evenings downstairs with everyone else. Even if I want to write in the afternoon, I’ll just do it on the couch. I’ve realized over the past three months that I truly love being with my family, and that I love interacting with them and listening to all the conversations floating through the house…and I don’t want to lose that just because I’m on the road to recovery.
- Louisiana sunshine, warm (but not too warm) days, gentle breezes, and brisk walks.
- Taylor Swift’s new-and-improved Fearless album (the final chorus of “Mr. Perfectly Fine” is 100% my jam).
- In a similar vein…new writing music! For some reason my old instrumental playlists aren’t helping me concentrate right now…but Taylor Swift’s Folklore and Evermore albums are. It’s the first time I’ve ever been able to write to music with lyrics! But maybe my old playlists just remind me of stressed-out writing, and I can no longer write well while listening to them.
- Being able to wash small dishes again! You have no idea how much this feels like a huge accomplishment.
- My last few weeks of physical therapy (I’m really gonna miss my therapist, guys 😢).
- No longer having to wear a face mask all the time (praise God for the lifting of mandates!!).
- The sight of my baby sister Joy finally walking around the house again without her boot (remember how she broke her leg a week after I broke my elbow?). What a little trooper!
- Tumblr. Sorry, I know I probably shouldn’t be so delighted by a social media app, but it’s been such a source of good, lighthearted fun during my convalescence. And I love the anonymity of it…which is why I don’t have a link here, haha. One day I might be a famous author; wouldn’t it be both hysterical and awesome if I interacted with my fans and they never knew it was me????
What are y’all up to this spring? I’d love to hear from you!